Animal Legal Defense Fund says...

Abuse an Animal, GO to Jail!

My friend, Stephen Wells, Executive Director of Animal Legal Defense Fund posted the horror story below.

Sadly, this is not an isolated incident. Goes on everyday. Help if you can.

    You Shop Dog and Activist, Bandit

Don’t let Bella’s death be in vain.

Bella, an 11 year-old Shepherd mix, was strangled with a zip-tie, shoved into a garbage bag, and beaten with a shovel. Her skull was fractured, and she died as a result of her injuries. Her abuser received just 4 months in county jail.

It’s jaw dropping…

But I am sad to say this situation is not unique — and the issue stems from the state laws that are in place to “protect” animals. I think we can both agree that Bella was not adequately protected by the law, nor did she receive the justice she deserved.

Your tax-deductible donation today will help animals just like Bella — who are beaten and abused — get the protections they truly deserve.


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Trentadue, Bellevue Claribes, Rotie, Paroles de Femme


Couch Potato Wine

2016 Trentadue Old Patch Red Lot # 44

     "The 2016 Old Patch Red blend#44 is predominately Zin blended with Petite Sirah and Carignane resulting in very fruity yet complex and full bodied Rhone- like style wine. The wine has dark red color with intense black cherry aromas, blueberries and cherry cola as an immediate impression. With aeration nuances of ripe plums, vanilla and cocoa are showing with slight dose of oak and toast. On the mouth the wine is fresh and juicy with youthful brightness, finishing long and fruity. This is a wine that will drink well with variety of foods but it is also very enjoyable on its own. Our 2016 OPR Lot# 44 is delicious now but it will reward your patience with 2-5 years of aging. Cheers!"


50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc

Fairly deep, attractive garnet. Relatively subdued nose of red fruits
with a faint oak touch in the background. Quite a tannic wine on the palate,
balanced with upfront fruit and a restrained oak tone. 

Numerous prizes have been won by this wine:
The Concours General Agricole Paris awarded the 2015 Gold 




Vinegar-ed and Fermented Cmpatible
Lemon meringue and nectarine jump out of the glass.
On the palate, cantaloupe and bright acidity.


Domaine Galevan Cotes du Rhone 2014
"Paroles de Femme"

(Julia Child Recipe Appropriate!)
A blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% cinsualt and 10% Carignan, this wine has a concentrted nose of black fruits, wild berries, and spices including pepper and laurel. The palate is lively, silky with a beautiful persistence of fruits. Certified Organic.

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Nothing Else to Say

There's nothing else to say. Going to be lonely.

I'm almost 10 myself. 

Sail on Silver Girl, Your Bandit.

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Clarendelle, Il Moro, JANSZ

Bordeaux to Ready the Book WITH

Wine Spectator says:  "A light straw note frames modest tangerine
and grapefruit peel flavors, with a flicker of quinine adding zip to the finish." 

Made under the auspices of Château Haut-Brion considered one of the top estates
in the world, this relatively new estate takes its name from Clarence Dillon,
an eminent international financier who purchased the troubled estate of Haut-Brion
in 1934 and single handedly helped to restore the luster of this legendary estate. What makes this bottle so good, so special?
10 to 25% of the grapes come from Haut -Brion vineyard.

WOW. That's a LOT for only $21
Enjoy the bottle and the book!


Publication: Vinous
Rating: 90
"Good full bright red. Sexy aromas of red cherry, violet, tobacco and
a hint of marzipan. Fresh and flavorful, offering easygoing flavors of dark berries and plum complicated by hints of licorice and tobacco.
Long and bright on the floral finish. "

...oh yeah, and perfect with pistachios!


Out of Tasmania
a Roederer Project

Pale color resembling rose petals or Argyle pink diamonds.
The nose is fragrant and expressive with aromas of rose water, quince blossom
and strawberries, overlaid by notes of truffle and sweet brioche.

Rich and elegant, the palate shows a delightfully pure expression of Pinot Noir
with vibrant red fruit, Turkish delight and savoury notes of blue cheese and truffles.

A dash of fine tannin from barrel fermentation complements the luscious, creamy layers on mid palate. Fine natural acidity delivers a refreshing mouth-watering finish.

Perfect as an aperitif or to accompany a special meal or a wedding!

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First Day Without Cate

This is my first day wihout Cate. I am lost. People come to see me but it's not the same. Everything is different.

This is what mornings used to look like:

But today, it was just me.

I am working through it. But it's going to take some time.

We were always together ever since I left the shelter. Always.

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Embody Project at aSHEville Museum and we are there!




MetroWines will be pouring our wines provided complimentary by aSHEville museum

for guests at this event introducing

"The Embody Project" at aSHEville Museum on Thursday, December 7th from 5 to 7pm.

Follow news at the museum and details of the event HERE!


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Buena Vista Champagne

In partnership with the largest family-owned proprietors of vineyards in Champagne, Buena Vista is proud to present our La Victoire Brut Champagne.
A blend of 70% Pinot Noir from Premier Cru vineyards from Montagen de Reims and 30% Chardonnay, this classic Champagne is made in the traditional style, Methode Champenois, and is aged more than 3 years. 

This champagne opens with elegant and complex aromas of grapefruit followed by rich honey and brioche notes. A crisp and intense palate offers flavors of white stone fruits, peaches and pears. The wine’s impressive mouthfeel is full and rich but well balanced, leaving delightful freshness on the palate. 

*** ONLY $37 for THE REAL THING***


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Colin Champagne


65% Chardonnay and 35% Petite Meunier, this Premier Cru

is from an Independent Vigneron and is brought to us by

local Asheville Importer, Robert Walter Selections.

Crisp texture. Notes of pears and spices.

(Another personal note: I (personally) love this Champagne!

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Jordanov Red Blend Macedonia


JORDANOV from Macedonia
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Vranec

   "For thousands of years, the locals have been making wine in Macedonia.
It was the crossroads for the ancient world enriched by travelers and traders offering only the finest spices, silks food and wine. Continuing this fine tradition, Jordanov Red Blend combines Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and the rare, local varietal Vranec dating from antiquity. it is vibrant on the palate with rich, dark blackberry and tobacco aromas ending with a long smooth finish."
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Niel Garnacha

Niel Santofimia Garnacha

Put your Hat ON

"Opaque ruby. Black and blue fruits on the highly fragrant, smoke-accented nose.

Juicy, penetrating blueberry and bitter cherry flavors display very good clarity

and pick up sweetness and spiciness with air.

Fine-grained tannins give shape and grip to the long, spicy finish. Superb value here."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 90 Points


*** $10.99 ***

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Ca Del Sarto Super Tuscan

A blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Merlot,
the wine spend 4 months aging in barrel.

Ardente is a Super Tuscan wine produced by famous Chianti Classico winemaker,

Enrico Pozzesi of Rodano.
Ardente refers to the ‘warm Tuscan stones’ found in the vineyards
that keep the temperature consistent from day to evening.
Winery Tasting Notes: Deep, ruby red color with purple hues,
pleasant hints of red pepper and licorice.


**** $11.99 **

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GhostRider Red

From the makers of "Fiction," Ghostrider Red Blend includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Zinfandel. It shows a dark ruby color with an aroma that's rich in mixed berries and black cherry preserves. Hints of spice including black pepper and bacon carry through the very smooth finish.
   Producer says: "We started Ghostrider as a way to bring to the market a great tasting red blend that you’ll enjoy drinking anytime. Ghostrider grapes are sourced through central valley vineyards that produce rich and elegant wines. This handcrafted wine shows complex fruit and has a gentle, well balanced finish. It can be enjoyed on its own or with a variety of foods or a wingback chair. (OK. I said that last part but am I right?)
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Primes Tawny Port

GO NUTS. It's a Good Thing!

"Ward off Disease with Nuts"
Nicholas Bakalar for New York Times

This is the time of year when you offer a plate of nuts and a little Port!
Let's GO Prime's Tawny Port
Blondish red appearance; red fruit jam aroma; sweet taste
with fine wood and vanilla hints.
Prime's Tawny Port is drawn from wines selected
for their smoothness and mellow character.

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Rollin Aligote

"sharp white"
    A family domaine run by Rémi Rollin and his son Simon who are 3rd and 4th 
generation to make wine in the  village of Pernand-Vergelesses. 
This is very much a family affair, with all the vineyard and winery work done
by father and son across 12 hectares, 8 of which are owned by the Rollins.
Their wines are well made with the potential for cellaring.   

The wine offers a ripe, saline nose of honey and white flowers introduces
a resinous, broad palate showcasing notes of seashells and juicy citrus,
with the mountain-flower overlay of the nose continuing to shine through. 

"With Chablis like qualities, and aging potential" says John Kerr
of The A
sheville School of Wine, "this is a great bottle for only $19.99"

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Abbona Barolo

Marziano Abbona 

This Barolo offers quality to price ratio.
Aged in wooden barrels for 30 months. Complex.
Aromas range from floral notes of rose and wisteria
leading to the violet closing with typical notes of wet ground.

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Molly Dooker Wine Tasting and Sale

News Release: Friday, December 1st, 2017

About: Molly Dooker Wine Tasting @MetroWines
Please join us on Saturday, December 16th from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines for a Molly Dooker Event. "The Boxer" and "The MatreD" will be "on the taste" and 'on the house" all day long.
All Molly Dooker Wines, including Gigglepot, Enchanted Path and Carnival of Love will be offered at the special event price for the entire week of December 16th to December 23rd. 
"These are big, bold wines, perfect for cold weather and fireplaces!" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Molly Dooker wines are also holiday perfect as the wines are not only highly regarded but the winery supports charities around the world."

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Ocean's South Imports Hosts March


Oceans's South Imports ( hosts The Asheville Wine Focus Group on March 7th. With wines from around the world: 


expect a great night!


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Rise Over Run Hosts February


Rise Over Run ( hosts The Asheville Wine Fcous Group on February 7th.

Rise Over Run is an anthology of singular wines from steep and often challenging sites, and the dedicated families who farm them. Even down to our name, the inception of Rise Over Run emanated from our mutual passion and respect for challenging viticultural microclimates, often individuated by vertical, rocky slopes where little else can thrive. Many are viticultural marvels, and the finished wines are expressions that could not be recreated elsewhere. Our book is a compilation of these wines that have stories to tell, and we are excited to be the ones doing so.


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Advintage Distributing Hosts


Our FIRST gathering of Asheville Wine Focus Group will be hosted by Advintage Distribution! Details TBA.

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Rise Over Run Wine Tasting

News Release: Monday, November 27th, 2017
About: Columbia Valley Gorge Wine Tasting @MetroWines
Please join us on Thursday, December 14th from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines to meet the HOT new importer, RiseOverRun. 
Columbia Valley Gorge Wines including a 100% Semillon, French Varietals Red Blend, Barbera and Pinot Noir will be "on the taste" and "on the house" @MetroWines.
Event pricing set on these wines perfect for holiday meals, parties, gifts and sitting in front of the fireplace.
Parking is, as always, free, close and easy @MetroWines.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525

Rise Over Run is an anthology of singular wines from steep and often challenging sites, and the dedicated families who farm them. Even down to our name, the inception of Rise Over Run emanated from our mutual passion and respect for challenging viticultural microclimates, often individuated by vertical, rocky slopes where little else can thrive. Many are viticultural marvels, and the finished wines are expressions that could not be recreated elsewhere. Our book is a compilation of these wines that have stories to tell, and we are excited to be the ones doing so.

Wines "on the taste" and "on the house" with Rise over Run! 


Poppie and James Mantone met while working the harvest of 1997 at a custom crush house, LaVelle Vineyards (Willamette Valley, Oregon). Four years later, they relocated their home to the Columbia Gorge, where passion for Rhône wines led them to explore the emerging potential of vineyards there, as well as in the larger Columbia Valley.

Inspired by early efforts of Rhone and Burgundy varieties sampled from Washington wineries, Syncline’s first vintage (1999) consisted of 76 cases of Celilo Vineyards Pinot Noir from vines planted in 1973. The next year, production was increased to include Columbia Valley Syrah and Grenache. At the same time, they began working with vineyards for plantings of Mourvedre, Cinsault, Counoise and Carignan. They have kept production under 6,000 cases annually to ensure intimacy with each barrel and every vine.

Syncline Wine Cellars is located along the Columbia River in southern Washington.

The location, in the eastern Columbia River Gorge, is a unique place for growing wine grapes. The estate vineyard, Steep Creek Ranch, is located on a southern slope, on the very eastern edge of the new Columbia Gorge AVA. Directly west of the vineyard and winery is a series of 300-foot cliffs rising up into the surrounding mountains, straight out of the Columbia River. Locally known as the “Coyote Wall Syncline,” and to geologists as the “Bingen Syncline,” this dramatic feature gives the winery its name. It is at this point that the rainy western Columbia Gorge transitions to the semi-arid eastern Gorge.


Idiot's Grace and Memaloose are the production of a small, family-owned estate winery in the Columbia Gorge.  Their several plots—established in 2003, overlooking the River on both the Oregon and Washington sides—are farmed organically with imagination and humility. The wines are wild-fermented and unposturing, and are crafted in a search for originality in this dramatic growing region. Taking their inspiration from the Rhone, Memaloose reds, whites and rosés are blends and occasionally varietal wines from Grenache, Syrah, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier. The array of Idiot's Grace offerings reflect restless work to match grape to place and tend to be varietal bottlings of Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, Dolcetto, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Sangiovese and Primitivo, amongst others.

Regarding the names:

Upon its inception in 2006, the winery took the name Memaloose from a chain of islands in the Columbia Gorge referenced in the journals of Lewis & Clark. The duo and their crew made camp at what would become the town of Lyle, WA., currently the location of the winery, tasting room and three of the vineyards.  Much of the Memaloose label art, back label story and several wine ‘nicknames’ drew from this history.

Idiot’s Grace is the name given to the property in Mosier, OR, by its owner, grower and cellar master Brian McCormick. This 55 acre parcel supports cherry orchards, an itinerant kale farmer and approximately 13 acres of vineyards (along with a flock of ducks, a drift of pigs, two goats, chickens galore, and a couple of very busy dogs).  

Idiot’s Grace, then, initially appeared on Memaloose labels as a vineyard designate before spinning off into a “second” or “winemaker’s label” in 2010. As the vineyards and wines evolve and the character thereof comes into somewhat sharper focus, the name Idiot’s Grace seems better suited to convey that character while also connoting a slightly more contemporary connection to place. Therefore, it has assumed the role of “Lead Moniker” with the majority of production now, and henceforth, bottled under that label. In a gesture of respect to history, current plans are to bottle 3-4 wines per year from “Rhone” varieties, under the Memaloose label.

2015 Idiot's Grace Semillon                                                                                      

Grown on an east-facing terrace, on loam formed in alluvium and mudflows associated with Mt. Hood vulcanism. Fermentation proceeded with ambient yeasts in stainless steel; no malolactic conversion. We continue to be impressed by the promise of this variety in the Gorge. The juice has been handled somewhat differently each year; in the present case (motivated in part by a remarkable bottle from Australia) the approach was intended to maximize the freshness and vigor of the grape in a warm season.

2015 Idiot's Grace Barbera                                                                                       

A wine that we hope would make Giacomo Conterno proud! Barbera seems quite at home in this warmer corner of the Gorge, where the strong diurnal swings in temperature help to retain fresh acidity beneath the veneer of fresh red fruit. Hand harvested, fermented with wild yeasts in neutral oak puncheons, unfined and unfiltered. 2016 Syncline ‘Subduction Red                                                                  

Long inspired by the wines of the Southern Rhone Valley, this is our answer to a Washington version of a Cotes-du-Rhone Villages wine. A blend of classic southern French varieties that are unique and expressive on their own; yet each contributes to create a harmonious whole.

Varietals: 40% Syrah / 15% Mourvedre / 20% Grenache / 14% Cinsault / 11% Carignan

2,400 cases


Hiyu Wine Farm was founded by Nate Ready, MS and China Tresemer. Ready worked as a sommelier in Boulder, CO., achieving his MS diploma in 2006. Shortly thereafter, he began gravitating more toward viticulture and winemaking. Working harvest in Italy, Ready crossed paths with Tresemer, who he knew from their days in Boulder but who was working in Italy as an artist, gardener, writer and cook. Eventually their shared loves took them to the Portland area where they partnered with Ready’s winemaking colleague, Geoff Burke, and purchased 21 acres in the Hood River Valley. They took the existing 7-acre parcel of Pinot and Syrah and added another 7 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Tempranillo.

Hiyu is a fully operational farm guided by biodynamic practices with a robust polyculture of animals and cover crops. The vineyards are dry farmed without the use of herbicides, pesticides or fungicides. Hiyu uses 85% less spray material than typical certified organic spray programs. In the cellar, Ready tends to favor long elevage in oak barrels and almost no intervention. The only addition Ready permits is 5ppm of SOs before bottling. With the first commercial vintage release in 2015, Hiyu opened its tasting room and professional kitchen to the public


Smockshop Band is an exploration of the Columbia Gorge by the Hiyu Wine Farm team as they seek out new ideas and partnerships. Hiyu Wine Farm tends 14 acres of vines on their own land in the Hood River Valley, but their adventurous spirit and commitment to biodynamics and permaculture could not contain them. They have been developing relationships with growers and landowners that have opened up chances to experiment with grapes and locations across the varied terrain of southern Oregon.

The Columbia Gorge presents numerous creative opportunities. With their crew and friends, Ready and Tresemer seek out unique climates across, up and down the gorge. Some sites speak in nuance like Burgundy, while others recall the wild terrains of southern France and the volcanic character of Mt. Etna. But no matter where the grapes are grown, Smockshop Band transports the ethical viticulture that Hiyu Wine Farm uses at home: dry farming, biodynamic practices, and no herbicides, pesticides or fungicides.

Today they lease and farm twenty acres of vineyards outside of the farm and release the wines under the Smockshop banner. The name itself is lifted from a scribbled note on a map Lewis and Clark carried while exploring the Pacific Northwest; on the site where Hiyu farm sits is written “Smockshop Band.” One of the vineyards, Atavus, was planted at the end of the 1960’s and is the source of their solera of skin-macerated Gewürztraminer started back in 2013. But not all wines are meant to have a foot in the past; Smockshop Band’s “Spring Ephemeral” Red Wine and Pinot Noir capture the sudden youth of spring.

2016 Smockshop Band ‘Spring Ephemeral’ Columbia Valley Red (6-pk)                

This is a very pale, delicate and perfumed, 50/50 blend of Grenache and Syrah from Scorched Earth Vineyard. This site sits in the eastern, desert-like portion of the Gorge and is technically in the Columbia Valley AVA. 50% whole cluster and 30% new French oak. 226 cases.

2016 Smockshop Band ‘Spring Ephemeral’ Pinot Noir (6-pk)                                              

This Pinot from three sites worked within the Gorge is based primarily on fruit from a vineyard on Eastside Road that faces south just below panorama point. 50% whole cluster and 10% new French oak. 243 cases.

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